Elena Votsi first captured the public’s attention when she was asked to design the medals for the 2004 Athens Olympics and today her designs are as popular as ever. She specialises in modern jewellery inspired by Greek myth and tradition as well as her native island of Hydra. Her pieces feature strong lines and unusual materials, with a dynamic arrow motif appearing throughout the collection.
Elena Votsi, 7 Xanthou, 106 73 Athens, +30 21 0360 0936
Found in the historic centre of Athens, in the shadow of the Acropolis, Maris Jewellery is embedded in tradition. This family firm offers excellent customer service. Its delicate, bejewelled pieces are inspired by ancient and Byzantine designs and many items are direct replicas of Byzantine antiques, displaying the same tireless workmanship and embellished with a host of precious gemstones and diamonds.
Maris Jewellery, 83 Pandrosou, 105 55 Athens, +30 21 0321 3090
With its bold, intricate designs and heavy reliance on gold, the jewellery created by Ilias Lalaounis is reminiscent of Greece’s most impressive ancient treasures. Ilias Lalounis came from a family of goldsmiths and draws on this family history, using traditional techniques to create his exquisite pieces; granulation, filigree, hand-weaving and hand-hammering are all used, requiring a great deal of skill and attention to detail.
Ilias Lalaounis, 6 Panepistimiou (corner of Voukourestiou), 106 71 Athens, +30 21 0361 1371
Delicate quality and unashamedly feminine style mean Pandora’s exquisite silver and gold pieces are perfect for those who favour classic styles. This popular brand, known for its commitment to high quality, designs, manufactures and markets its hand-finished pieces from its headquarters in Copenhagen.
Pandora, 7 Ermou, 105 63 Athens, +30 21 0322 9930
With its exclusive range of timepieces and knowledgeable team of staff, Ora Kessaris is one of Greece’s leading watch boutiques. Its selection of high-quality watches includes internationally acclaimed brands Rolex, A Lange & Söhne, Panerai and Jaeger-LeCoultre while its accompanying range of writing instruments by Montblanc, Montegrappa and Delta would make ideal gifts.
Ora Kessaris, 5 Panepistimiou, 105 64 Athens, +30 21 0371 1010